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How to Avoid a Tennessee Car Accident While Driving in the Rain

Posted on in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Campbell County automobile accident lawyer

The seasons are changing, and that means there will be more rainy days to come before winter sets in. Driving habits should change while on the road, or else serious car accidents and injuries can occur because of road conditions. Hydroplaning is the most common cause of car accidents in rainy weather. This occurs when a car is moving so fast that the moisture on the road causes the vehicle to lose traction. As a result, the car slides across the pavement, giving the driver little to no control. This can lead to cars veering off into other lanes of traffic, resulting in collisions with other vehicles and severe or fatal injuries.

Tips for Road Safety in Wet Conditions

According to a study by AAA, wet pavement leads to over one million car accidents annually nationwide. Although it is an instinct to want to drive quickly to make it to one's destination in a shorter amount of time, drivers should adhere to the following safe driving practices when traveling in the rain:

  • Slow down to a reasonable speed based on the severity of the rainfall.

  • Do not use cruise control.

  • Leave plenty of room between one's car and the cars ahead of a vehicle.

If a driver finds that his or her car is hydroplaning, instead of slamming on the brakes, he or she should continue to steer in the direction in which the car was originally going while lightly tapping the brakes. Usually, these steps can give the driver control over the vehicle again, but if the car continues to slide, a driver should attempt to move his or her automobile to the side of the road, away from other vehicles.

What to Do if a Collision Occurs

Whether you are hit by an out-of-control car or you are the driver attempting to regain control when a collision happens, both motorists should try to get to the side of the road if their vehicles are still driveable. If a car is not drivable after a crash, both motorists should put on their cars’ hazard lights and turn off their engines. Then, the drivers can assess the damage and call the police. The state of Tennessee also has the Tennessee Highway Patrol, which drivers can call in lieu of 911. Either way, motorists should exchange information, and the driver at fault for the accident should pay for the repairs or injuries suffered by the other driver.

However, situations do not always go as smoothly as this. In some cases, at-fault drivers attempt to flee the scene of the accident. If they do, they could face a Class A misdemeanor, which can lead to a prison term of one year and a fine of up to $2,500 (if the crash leads to injury). If a death happens as a result of a collision, and the at-fault driver flees the scene, the charges can be elevated to a Class E felony.

Contact a Jacksboro, TN Personal Injury Attorney

In instances where an at-fault driver refuses to pay compensation after a car accident, victims should seek the help of a knowledgeable attorney who can help recover financial damages, including the costs of medical treatment, lost income, and pain and suffering. The lawyers of the Law Offices of William F. Evans are ready to hear your case and defend your rights to compensation. To schedule a free consultation with a Campbell County car accident lawyer, call our office today at 423-449-7980.

 

Sources:

https://www.wbir.com/article/news/local/how-to-drive-in-the-rain-4-wet-weather-safety-tips-from-aaa/51-a9f89946-0b45-4936-be3b-ae2aa56961a6

http://rabbit.monqcle.com/contents/statutes/Tennessee%20Code%20Annotated/Title%2055%20Motor%20and%20Other%20Vehicles/Chapter%2010%20Accidents%2C%20Arrests%2C%20Crimes%20and%20Penalties/Part%201%20Accidents/55-10-101.%20Accidents%20involving%20death%20or%20personal%20injury

 

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